Found this over on ars technica, and found it quite interesting. Thought some of you might enjoy a little reading on a truly interesting topic.
Format shifting dead trees: can e-book piracy be ethical?
By Nate Anderson
A question of ethics: say you want a new novel badóreally
badóbut you want the digital version for your Kindle/iPad/Sony Reader. The publisher, hoping to goose sales of the book in hardcover for $28, isn't about to offer a $10 e-book version until the novel comes out in paperback. So you buy the hardcover and then pirate a homebrew e-book, which someone has helpfully made available in one of the darker corners of the Internet. Should you be fitted for an eye patch and peg leg?
As a matter of law, you probably are a pirate (or, to be accurate, an infringer). But the interesting question isn't one of law, it's one of ethics, and New York Times
syndicated columnist Randy Cohen tackled the conundrum in last week's "The Ethicist" column
His answer might surprise you, appearing as it does in the pages and on the websites of newspapers, which are so concerned about piracy that many are lobbying for a new federal "hot news" law
"An illegal download isóto use an ugly wordóillegal. But in this case, it is not unethical," writes Cohen. "Author and publisher are entitled to be paid for their work, and by purchasing the hardcover, you did so. Your subsequent downloading is akin to buying a CD, then copying it to your iPod. Read More
What do you think?